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One local photographer is helping ladies shed their shyness and step out in front of the camera for beautiful boudoir sessions. Read on for all the undressed details.

Jacalyn Mains, Owner of JMM Photography and Forza Boudoir (Photo: Nathan Peel)
Jacalyn Mains, Owner of JMM Photography and Forza Boudoir (Photo: Nathan Peel)

Cincy Chic: What is Forza Boudoir?
Jacalyn Mains, Owner of JMM Photography and Forza Boudoir: Forza is a photography experience that empowers women to break out of the mold that society places on the definition of beauty. My hope is to help women find their inner beauty and how that radiates to their outward beauty. I chose the word Forza because it means “strength” in Italian (I’m Italian). My goal is to make every woman who does a session with me see herself in a light she never knew.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
Mains: I’m the owner of Forza and JMM Photography. I was named after the Charlie’s Angel Jacalyn Smith (my maiden name is Smith). On my birth certificate my mom thought Jaclyn Smith spelled her name J-A-C-A-L-Y-N, so that’s how I got my unique spelling. I’m married to an ever so supportive husband, Aaron, and we have two super cool children together. I see life through “rose colored glasses” and enjoy living that way – it’s easier to see the glass half full. God gave me the gift of seeing things a bit differently when looking through the lens of a camera. I am passionate about using this gift to remind women how beautifully God created them.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Forza Boudoir?
Mains: I want to empower women to love themselves and their bodies! So many times we hear and see what the media and society says a woman “should” look like. I call bull on that! We doo a good enough job beating ourselves up, we don’t need society to help with that. Thus, for me, boudoir photography is an artistic interpretation of you – a strong, powerful being. (Think: “I am woman, hear me ROAR!”). It’s an expression of your inner beauty and how it is reflected on the outside. My goal during a boudoir session is to, first and foremost, make you feel comfortable and to have fun, but also to showcase your beauty, no matter what your size or shape, while leaving as much to the imagination as you want. Honestly, this is a gift for you as much as it is for your loved one.

Cincy Chic: How did you get involved in boudoir photography?
Mains: Boudoir, lucky for me, kind of fell in my lap in that I had a friend reach out to me on behalf of her friend that was interested in such a session. I jumped at the chance to photograph a woman and focus on the beauty behind the female form. I loved the session so much, as I found it so rewarding to show a woman how I see her – through an artist’s eye – that I knew I had to continue to offer boudoir.

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
Mains: I almost feel guilty because I feel like I get as much back from the session as my clients do. The joy I get from hearing a woman so enthusiastic and bewildered on how her images turned out is insurmountable. I can easily say that this is the most rewarding side of photography for me. I simply love to make a woman feel good about her. Forza does that.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Forza Boudoir?
Mains: Actually, I just recently moved into a new studio at 821 York Street that has gorgeous sets to offer my clients! For some photos of the classic studio v. the vinage/rustic set, try this Not only that, but next month on April 15 and 24, I’ll be teaming up with Lyndsey from Glossa Professional Makeup Artistry for Forza Boudoir mini session days! For $300, clients will get professional hair styling, makeup application and a 20-minute shoot in one beautiful location as well as some mimosas for liquid courage.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Mains: My website of course! However, just a heads up: There are no photos on my site. I know some of you are like “show me the pictures!” – I mean, I am a photography company, right? However, to protect the privacy of my clients, I do not post my boudoir images publicly. But, I can share them privately. Drop me a line at to see Forza’s private gallery.